Side-Apollon and Athena Temples

The Apollon and Athena temples are located in Side, an ancient city in Antalya Province. It has been thought that the Apollon Temple was built in the 150s AD, during the Roman Empire, as a symbol of peace. The early Christians are known to have taken temple pieces to use in basilica construction. The Temple of Athena, on the other hand, is located near the Apollon Temple and is dedicated to the chief goddess of the city, Athena. Between 1982 and 1990, both temples were restored, and they are now two of the most visited sites in the region.